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IntCDC Constructive Conversations / Kristin Petersen and Nils Napp

July 17 | 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

We are very honored to welcome Kirstin Petersen and Nils Napp  – Assistant Professors in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University – on Monday, July 17, 2023 from 3:00-5:00 a.m. in our upcoming Constructive Conversations event.

Kirstin Petersen and Nils Napp will give a lecture on “Opportunities in Collective Robotic Construction, viewpoints from the robotics field“.

Lecture Abstract

The increasing need for safe, inexpensive, and sustainable construction, combined with novel technological enablers, has made large-scale construction by robot teams an active research area. Collective robotic construction (CRC) specifically concerns embodied, autonomous, multirobot systems that modify a shared environment according to high-level user-specified goals. CRC tightly integrates architectural design, the construction process, mechanisms, and control to achieve scalability and adaptability. In this lecture, which is closely tied to the related review article in Science Robotics 2020, we will discuss research trends, open questions, and performance metrics. We will also stress the importance of appreciating the different motivations that drive research-driven versus application-driven developments in robotics as it pertains to architecture.

Kirstin Petersen and Nils Napp

Assistant Professors Kirstin Petersen and Nils Napp work in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University, both received the US National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER award for their work in state-of-the-art robotics. Petersen’s work focuses on bio-inspired design and coordination of robot collectives, as well as studies of their biological counterparts. Napp’s work focuses on design and control strategies for systems that operate with uncertainty, navigating the tension between model tractability and applicability. Petersen and Napp have a shared interest in collective robotic construction, spanning from blueprint-specific to functional structures, built with anything from custom bricks and sandbags to in-situ materials. Beyond robotics, they both work with entomologists to better understand how natural swarms exhibit superior construction capabilities despite the limited situational awareness of the individual insects.

The event will take place both in person and digitally:

The access data for this event is available to AdvanceAEC members. All researchers working in the field of AdvanceAEC are warmly invited to join the network. Please register or log-in to your account to access the event credentials.

We are looking forward to welcoming you.

The IntCDC Management Team


July 17
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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